Belfast One – Belfast City Centre’s Business Improvement District (BID) – has launched a new City Centre cleansing initiative to combat the daily challenges businesses face with waste on their doorstep.  Broken glass, fast food wrappers, cigarette butts, dangerous and unsanitary waste are just a few examples of what businesses have to face when they arrive at their premises in the mornings.

The new scheme will see local business McQuillan Companies  perform a range of professional external cleaning services to City Centre businesses four days a week before premises open.  This is over and above the cleansing already offered by Belfast City Council.

Bronagh Lawlor, Managing Director of Belfast One said: ‘We are delighted to be launching our new City Centre cleansing service which is part of our commitment to businesses within the Belfast One area. The aim of this project is to improve the experience of visitors in our capital city by maintaining a high level of cleanliness and it will be in addition to the very professional service already being delivered by Belfast City Council’s Cleansing Services.

We have been working closely with Belfast City Council in development of the new service to agree a baseline, and to ensure this initiative does not duplicate the service they are already providing; rather it will enhance it.’

Gavin McQuillan, of McQuillan Companies, said: ‘We are looking forward to partnering with Belfast One and all the businesses in the area.   They have a daily task of not only operating in a highly commercial environment but, like any city, they also have to deal with external threats to their premises in the form of litter and graffiti. Our cleasing team will help to save them time, staff resource and money’.

Bronagh concluded: ‘We are also pleased to be working in partnership with the Welcome Organisation.  The cleansing team will provide another link between the charity and rough sleepers who they assist on a daily basis to get the support they need.’

Jo Daykin- Goodall, Director of Operations at The Welcome Organisation said: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with the new cleansing project. The project will alert our outreach service to people sleeping rough in doorways and enable us to  provide a faster response to those who need our services.’

Belfast One is the business improvement district (BID) for Belfast City Centre, serving the core businesses within the City Centre including hospitality, retail and professional companies. The new city cleansing service is part of the BID’s commitment to enhancing the City Centre.

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